What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Currently I am Professor and Chair of the Sociology department in the College of Sciences and an Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. In a few months I will move completely over to the College of Graduate Studies.
What is your history at UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
I have been at UCF since 1999, beginning as an Assistant Professor and moving to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor. I also spent six years as the Graduate Director for the Sociology Department and seven years as the Associate Director for the UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
I have two, really. First, I met my husband here and second, I was able to hood the very first Ph.D. graduate for the Sociology Department.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Build a new state-of-the-art Social Science Building.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Take advantage of every available opportunity and continuously strive to move forward.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Chocolate of course!
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
An applied research scholarship for graduate students to increase the amount of community-based research.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Throughout my career, every staff person I have every worked with has played an important role in everything I have been able to accomplish at UCF. Thank you!
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
My High School English teacher Mr. Carbonnetti. His passion and energy was contagious.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
As an undergraduate Sociology major I took a research methods and data analysis sequence of courses that opened my eyes to the importance of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. I have used these skills every day in my career.